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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 7, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COMP DEPARTMENT OF HfSTOHV AND ARCHIVE VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPV NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MARCH 7 1942 THIS PAPEK CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 126 ALLIED PLAN TO DRIVE ON JAPS SEEN Communications With Beleaguered Defending Forces Reported Ended BANDOENG Java anese troops have broken through Bandoengs northern defenses it became known Saturday morning The situation of the western section of Java wns admittedly critical said Aneta the Dutch news agency Aneta said the breach occurred Friday in defense lines on the northern slope of the famous vol cano of Tankguban Prahu This was the first line of north ern defense of the Bandoeng area of resistance This dispatch was timed at 10 a m Java time or p m Fri Java Broadcast Goodbye Long Live the Queen By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A hint that the sevendayold battle of Java may have reached a supreme crisis came late Saturday when the official Tava radio announced We are shut ting down now Goodbye till better times Long live the aiieenl The dramatic broadcast fol lowed 13honrold dispatches from Bandoeng allied mililary headquarters in Java reporting that Japanese troops were storming at the gates of Ban doeng and had already broken through the citys northern de fenses It was believed that the Java station was located at Ban doengr Dutch quarters in London said they hoped to hear further news of the climactic struesle from small secret transmitting stations in the heart of Java just strong enough to be picked up in Australia but that so far we havent received a word from these stations day eastern war time It was about 13 hours between the filing and receipt at New York CBS was advised Saturday by RCA and American Telephone and Telegraph companies that all communications from Java had ceased The breakthrough was said to have been made in the face of fierce resistance on the part of Netherlands Indies forces which were described as numerically far inferior The defenders were harassed continually by Japanese planes against which it was said the Dutch can no longer put up suf ficient resistance The related battle ot Burma provided a momentarily brighter picture TANKS JOIN COUNTER DRIVES IN BURMA Camouflaged tanks and fresh Scottish soldiers joined in a Brit ish counterattack which cost the Japanese 60 dead and other cas ualties Friday in the Pegu sector 40 miles north of Rangoon the British said A communiquefrom Rangoon Friday night said the situation remained unchanged and essential services were function ing as usual in the semideserted capital Defensixe demolition work has been carried out at Soerabaja th once powerful naval base on Ma Japs Pierce Bandoengs North Defense JAPS TELL MORE GAINS ON ISLAND OF JAVA Ship Mokes Port After Torpedoing A submarine itself could sail through the torpedo hole in the side of this unnamed ship which sunvived a submarine attack and steamed into port with moat of its gasoline cargo intact This picture was made in an east Canadian port dura strait at the eastern end ot Java and heavy operations are already in progress about Ban doeng the upland site ot the united nations mililary headquar ters in the west A full blackout was in force at Bandoeng artillery rumbled north of the city and government of ficers burned their records in preparation for the showdown in which the Japanese seek the last bastion ot allied strength in the western Pacific north of Australia Tanks Defend Soerabaja Base By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press IVar Editor A Tokio broadcast asserted Sat urday that Bandoeng allied mili tary headquarters was within a few kilometers of encirclement and that collapse of the entire de fense of Java was regarded as a matter of a few days Quoting a dayold dispatch the broadcast said Japanese troops had advanced within a little more than three miles of Bandoeng and that Japanese forces also were closely besieging the big united nations naval base as Soerabaja in eastern Java A Tokio report broadcast by the German radio said Japanese troops seeking to capture Soera baja had run into heavy allied tank forces massed in the im mediate vicinity of the naval base The radio said Japanese forces had penetrated fo Soerabaja evidently meaning the outskirts W Bandoeng the fourth biggest city in the Dutch East Indies be came the allies military nerve center and Dutch war capital aft er the fall of Batavia The invaders now were reported overrunning almost the entire 620mile northern coastal plains and driving deep into the interior as battlestained Dutch British and American troops outnum bered five to one fell back into the mountains The past 150 hour blitzkrieg of Java has paralyzed Dutch resis tance a Domei dispatch asserted adding that Japanese columns had isolated the Soerabaja naval base by seizing all key points to the west Buy your defense savings stamps from your Globe Gazette carrier Delayed Blast of Ammunition Truck Afire After Collision Kills 5 Persons Injures 100 Hotel Filling Station and Tavern Leveled 30 Feet of Paving Wrecked SMITHFIELD N Car At least five persons were killed and more than 100 were reported injured near here early Saturday in the delayed explosion of a fireridden ammunition laden truck the detonation of which was heard over a radius of 50 miles in eastern Norlh Carolina A hotel a fillingstation and a tavern were leveled to the ground and windows in Selma a town about two miles away were shattered The cement highway under the truck was ripped wide and deep for a dis tance of 30 feet Dr E N Booker Johnston county coroner said that at least five persons were injured fatally two of them in an automobile which he said failed to observe highway patrol xvarnings The others were killed in the leveling of the Talton hotel Dr Booker said that George Stroup of Gastonia and Cecil Propst of Lawndale in the auto mobile were told that they would proceed around the truck earlicr involved in a collision with an au tomobile at the roadside commu nity at their own risk They decided to take the chance of proceeding on their way the coroner said and just as they got almost even with lie Irurk it exploded with a terrible noise which folks in Rocky IHount 50 miles away reported hey heard The three victims in the hotel were not immediately identified The injured were taken to hos pitals in Smithfield Goldsboro and Raleigh Dr Booker said that all build ings within some 300 yards of the explosion were badly damaged or leveled and windows in out that half the store Selma were blown Most of the casualties were by or at the GG business office truck burn for almost two hours before exploding State Highway Patrolman H C Bobbitt said the explosion hearc 25 miles away occurred at 3 a m The autotruclc collision took place at a m and firemen sum moned from nearby Selma and Smithfield had succeeded in ex tinguishing i the fire in the auto mobile when they were forced to return to their stations for water Bystanders and persons in the nearby Talton hotel and Ginkins tavern in the roadside community watched as the flames gained headway again and soon con sumed the truck Suddenly the truck exploded and Luke Capps filling station abmit 150 yards away and be hind which I was sitting in my car was leveled to the ground Bobbitt said My car was demolished and only by the grace of God am I liv ing to tell the details The truck Bobbitt said was owned and operated by Hughes Transportation corporation oi Charleston S Car and driven by Raymond Avery also of Charles ton who was only slightly injured It was enroute to Baltimore The automobile caught on fire almost immediately after the collision and sprayed the Iruck with gasoline Bobbitt said But the truck did not im mediately catch fire The firemen were making fine headway in controlling the blaze when the water gave out he con tinued We then cleared the highway of spectators for a distance of at least 200 yards but several of the buildings destroyed were withi the area xvhich we had clearec and some of those injured were in these buildings The long burning fire which lit up the heavens for miles around naturally attracted folk from a wide area and it was diffi cult to keep them back from the scene Funeral for Mooney to Be Held Sunday in Hrisco Auditorium SAN FRANCISCO UP The body of Tom Mooney lay in state Saturday white thousands of his friends from the ranks of labor passed by the bier to pay final homage to one of the nations most celebrated labor martyrs A public funeral will be held for Mooney at the Civic auditori um Sunday afternoon perhaps with an address by Gov Culbert L Olson climaxing the eulogies of labor leaders Mooney died early Friday at St Lukes hospital after he failed to rally from the fourth of a series of operations Illness kept him in the hospital for all but six months of the time after he left San Qucntin prison in January 1939 with a pardon granted by Olson Japs Extend Occupation of Philippines WASHINGTON Jap anese have extended further their occupation of the Philippines the war department said Saturday ii reporting the landing of a small Torce of invaders accompanied by tanks at Calapan on the island of Mindoro Mindoro is about 70 miles south of the Bataan peninsula fighting front where activity had a communique said ceased except for slight arlillery fire and an inef fective enemy air raid Desultory fighting took place meanwhile between patrols on the outskirts of Zamboanga on the southern island of Mindanao where new invaders landed this week REDS REPORTED NEAR VYAZMA London Times Urges Action to Minimize Anxiety of Russians By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A Russian spearhead was re ported to have slashed to a point within artillery range of nazi held Vyazma Saturday and the soviet government declared red army troops had killed 40000 on the central front MOBILIZING OF HEAVYFIGHTING FORCES IS SEEN Events Emphasize Need to Offset Jap Gains and Use Allied Bases By BRYDON TAVES MELBOURNE Australia The united nations were believed to be speeding mobilization of maximum lighting strength Sat urday night for an early counter offensive against Japan A series of swift developments emphasized the urgent need for haste both to offset Japanese gains and to take full advantage lied positions and bases in the 28day period ended Germans alone in March 5 Stockholm advices to the Lon don Daily Herald said the Rus sians had reoccupied Losmino a village only six miles south of Vyazma which lies on the Moscow Smolensk highway 125 miles west of Moscow The soviet information bureau made no specific claim as to Los mino but saict several populated places were occupied Friday in a continued advance marked by re pulse of German counterattacks It said 2G3 villages and towns on the central front had been re captured from Feb C to March 5 southwest Pacific These developments included 1 Informed sources said a plan drafted by Australia New Zea land and another allied power to carry the fight to the enemy was under consideration in Washing ton and London A London Daily Mail dis patch dated Aboard an Ameri can Warship said that a huge United States convoy had carried troops pilots airplanes and much other war equipment to the south west Pacific 2 Japans intensified offensive across Java which broke through the mountain defenses ot Bau doeng Saturday and cut commu nications with the Dutch island was regarded as indicating the enemys hopes of a quick victory at any cost in order to strike at Australia before allied forces can be fully mobilized here 3 The stubborn British stand aided now by Americanbuilt tanks in Burma offered the op portunity for holding back the Japanese offensive from India and using India and China as well as Australia as bases from which to strike back quickly 4 The allied high command in the southwest Pacific was under stood to have worked out the whole revised problem of strategy not only for defense but for of fensive action which may already be starting in naval operations 5 Throughout Australia the to tal mobilization of fighting and working strength is being ruth lessly pushed urged on by such reminders of peril as Saturdays Meanwhile the London Times I air ministry communique telling urged immediate British action to bring about an agreement with Russia and the United States w h i c h would minimize soviet anxiety concerning prosecution of the war and postwar plans t IYIHLI ILJU 11LC1HI UdbLlU There is beyond a doubt it peared to be approaching an end id a growing inclination more rapidly than among soviet leaders to feel that Russia has been called upon with indirect and insufficient help from her allies to bear the main brunt of Hitlers assault The Times said that delays evi dent in political collaboration be tween London and Moscow since Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden visited Premier Joseph Stalin last December have been only likely to sow the seeds of trust in Moscow too Joke Backfires COLUMBIA Mo Morrow thought itd be a fine joke police his fraternity brother was honeymooning in a stolen car It was a good Sam He paid a fine for deceiv ing police officers by giving false information State highway patrolmen had intercepted the newlywcds en route to the state capital Weather Report FORECAST IOWA Somewhat colder Satur day afternoon and Saturday night with occasional snow flurries Fresh to moderately strong winds MASON CITY Same as state Lowest temperature Saturday night 26 MINNESOTA Colder Saturday afternoon and Saturday night occasional light snow moderately strong wiih fresh to winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 4g Minimum Friday night 32 At 8 a m Saturday 33 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 21 of new Japanese bombing attacks on Port Moresby and Lac in New Guinea If 1A ff The Japanese advance across the main battle ap vived Australian fears that the enemy will immediately attempt to occupy New Guinea to gain a jumping off place close to Aus tralias north coast The Dutch had been expected to hold out for weeks in the Java mountains but Saturday dis patches to Australian newspapers emphasized the speed of the Japa nese occupation and said that the silence of occupation would soon dlose down on the Dutch island An Aneta news agency dis patch from Bandoeng sent at 10 a m Java time Saturday said the Japanese had broken through the defenses north of the city and that the situation was critical in western Java New York commu nications by wireless with Ban doeng ceased at a m CWT with the word Goodbye sug gesting that Japanese air bombing had damaged the transmitters near Bandoeng or that the enemy was close to or inside the city Axis broadcasts said that the Japanese also had encircled Soera baja base and overrun all ot the eastern end of Java island More and more emphasis was being put on the necessity for of fensive rather than defensive ac tion against the Japanese in order to protect Australia Sees Spirit of Initiative in Allied Camp By DEWITT MACKENZIE Wide AVorld Analyst Despite the tragic straits of gal lant little Java and the generally black picture in the orient theres real encouragement regarding the war as a whole in the spirit o initiative not only words but deeds which now is running through the al lied camp H looks like Uncle Sain John Bull and company a r c getting tougli Unfortunately so far as con cerns the southwest Pacific any allied initiative in the immediate future could scarcely be more than an operation for delaying the Japanese steam roller Thus the expectation expressed by Lieuten ant Governor General Van Mooic of Java that an attack on the ene my will be launched from anoth er side whatever that may can scarcely materialize in a big way right now However while any pressure that can be brought to bear on the Nipponese is of vast import ance a matter of great moment also is llic stopping Herr Hit ler in the forthcoming spring offensive in Europe v Already the British air now claiming superiority over western begun an all out offensive in support of the Muscovites who have beaten the clock and started their spring drive through the deep snows of the Russian winter in an effort to deliver the coup tie grace to the fuehrer Bad weather has been hampering the royal air force but we got evidence of the new spirit in that terrific raid on the indus trial suburbs of Paris Other ag gressive allied preparations are in motion including hot irons which Uncle Sam has in the fire We have a general idea of what Hitler would like to do But what he would like to do and what he can do may well be two different things If the bolshevisls have the strength to retain the initiative they now hold then Hiller will have to fight as they dictate and not as he wishes This would mean that he would be loo much on the de fensive In do much save try o keep Stalin from giving Ger many a taslc of llic terrors of invasion such as she has Ihrusl upon other countries in two world wars It might also mean that the nazis would be caught between two millstones because if Hitler shows Rrcat weakness in the spring the Brilish are likely to attempt to put an army across the English channel into western Europe As this column already has pointed out Hitler hopes to break into the Caucasus and middle east His primary object is to get oil and other essential supplies hut he also wants to coordinate his efforts with those of the Japanese With his in view theres small doubt that the nazi chief is putting pressure on the Japs to strike westward into the Indian ocean as soon as they have finished off Java to cut the allied supply routes to the middle cast and Russia Hitler also may be expected to take advantage of the difficulty surrounding the Indian insistence on independence and urge the Nipponese to attack that great em pire The quid pro quo that he would offer would be a promise to assault Hindustan from the west and so develop a squeeze operation as soon as he has fought his way into the middle east Thcn of course he would attack and take India from BILLY CONN JOINS ARMY NEW YORK Contender Billy Conn joined the U S army Saturday as a buck private He and Joe Becker a Pittsburgh detective who had acted as Billys bodyguard when Conn was train ing for major fights enlisted to gether Earlier this week Conn took his physical examination to join the naval reserve but he changed his mind came to New York Saturday with Becker and turned tip at army headquarters the Japs them The Nipponese badly want India but whether they will throw their whole released strength inlo Ibis or pause to try to conquer north ern Australia remains to be seen It would be logical for them to pursue the latter course both for the purpose of securing new bases and to protect their vulnerable flank by keeping the allies from using these bases In any event the allies must be prepared to defend the middle east in cooperation with the Rus sians at all costs Bandit Gets at Jesse James Bar ST JOSEPH Mo slo gan of the Jesse James bar You Woirt Be Held Up at tiic Jesse James is intended solely for the customers A bandit pointed a revolver at the bartender Friday night and look HUGE AMERICAN CONVOY SAIDTO BE GOING EAST London Correspondent Says Naval Battles Fought Over Wide Areas LONDON UP A gigantic Jnited States convoy is steaming through Hie southwest Pacific to lid in the defense of Australia md lay the foundations for an eventual offensive against Japan i London Daily Mail correspon dent reported Saturday in a dramatic dispatch dated Aboard Jti American Warship Infantrymen hundreds of crack Pilots planes thnks guns were in he convoy which the correspon dent said could be seen spread out in every direction over the sea from his ship V The dispatch said naval bat tles which could not yet be re ported because of mililary rea sons were now being fought over wide areas of the vast 1acific and quoting American naval officers that Ihcy were confident they could smash the Japanese navy ship for ship but that the battle would be hard added They by no means rule out the possibility that the Japanese will be able to continue to deliver tieavy blows not only in the south Pacific but at other key naval bases and at thn coast line of the United States mainland As this dispatch was published by the London newspaper it was reported from Australia that plans were being formed to assemble the maximum possible united na tions strength for a counterof fensive against Japan at the ear liest possible moment Australia and IndiaChina have been picked as the eventual allied offensive bases The importance of the convoy story was emphasized here be cause London is reconciled to the loss of the Netherlands East In dies and Burma and some allied sources believe that instead ot attacking Australia Japan may concentrate soon on the task of ing to close the Indian ocean to British and American convoys Plying to the Red sea the Persian Gulf and India A United Press Honolulu dis patch said observers there saw in dications from Tokio and Wash ington dispatches that the United States navy was carrying out far flung operations in the Pacific striking unexpected blows at Japanese Only a few hours before this dispatch reached London the all India radio broadcast from New Delhi that a United States tech nical mission was due there soon to aid in developing India as a supply base for the united na tions reminder of the fcelinjr of many military men that the blow to be struck against Japan some day may come from India and China Walter Fa IT the Daily Mail fleet correspondent reported that as the American convoy steamed toward its destination the United States fleet had split into what might be considered a number oC fleets each selfprotecting each able to strike swiftly by sea or air to meet Japanese threats Those swiftmoving heavily armed type American destroy ers which I can sec hovering on the horizon are doing a thorough job he reported To those who arc wondering what exactly the American fleet is going to do I can only quote the words of the captain of this ship when I came aboard Just stick around here awhile and youll see plenty The Daily Mail mans descrip tion of the American convoy was As I write this dispatch aboard an American warship plunging through he Mindrctichetl Pacific I can sec spreading out in every direction a great convoy of ships carrying American troops pilots planes tanks and guns to help in the battle for the southwest Pa cific ThTsc massive forces will not only help to defend Australia They are taking with them large quantities of materials to c used in building the founda tion for a great offensive against Japan Every ship every convoy load has concentrated hitting power They carry hundreds of the finest i pilots America can produce pow crful units trained in landing operations hardy infantrymen from the American plains many ot whom never had seen the sea be fore They carry too mechanized equipment and the latest type of American aircraft We arc taking no chances on
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